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HOT Lanes Work to Narrow Route 123 in Tysons

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The Beltway in Tysons and Route 123 are being reshaped by the project. (Thomson)

Gazing into the crystal ball of congestion, we see clouds forming over Tysons Corner. It's the focal point of the most mega of the Northern Virginia megaprojects: the Beltway HOT lanes and the Metrorail extension. But for now, the vision is focusing on the HOT lanes work.

Starting next week and continuing through November, the left lane in each direction on Route 123 will be closed around the Beltway interchange so workers can build two new bridge piers to connect with the highway. There will be two through lanes and one merge lane in each direction on Route 123.

And there will very likely be delays during the morning and evening rushes. Watch for the lane closures to start about 500 feet to the east and west of the Beltway.

The lanes will reopen for the big holiday season in Tysons, but then they'll close again early next year so the reconstruction can be completed. I plan to write about this on Sunday's Commuter page in The Post Metro section.

But look also at the Virginia Megaprojects Web site. It's been revised lately to make it more user friendly. You'll find drop down menus with lots of information about the the big projects underway in Northern Virginia, including the Metrorail extension, the I-95 widening and the Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange reconstruction.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 14, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
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Let me tell ya...this is going to make Tysons commuting quite interesting to say the very least.

Posted by: thetan | April 14, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Let me tell ya...this is going to make Tysons commuting quite interesting to say the very least."

Especially when the Metrorail work starts. The elevated Metro line is supposed to cross up above the Beltway squarely in the middle of the photo Dr. Gridlock posted. I find it hard to imagine that it wouldn't actually be located to either side of 123 given the current configuration of said road.

11 years ago I worked in McLean, lived in Fairfax, and I found that the traffic going towards Tysons was so bad in the afternoons (especially around Christmas) that it was faster just to get onto the Dulles Toll Road going west, exit at Spring Hill and pay the toll, then get back on going the other way and pay another toll before getting on the Beltway. Sure, it cost 50ยข (toll has since gone up), but it also saved half an hour to 45 minutes compared to waiting in stopped traffic on 123. I imagine the same tactic may prove useful in the coming months.

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 14, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The Beltway ramps from the Toll Road are brutal during both AM and PM peaks, as is the Spring Hill exit. Can't imagine that it could possibly be faster than just staying on 123, especially given that 123 widens after you cross under the toll road.

Posted by: thetan | April 14, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

As I said, it was a while ago when I worked there. Don't know how it is now. Don't much care to find out!

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 14, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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